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2009 SEPA Synod Assembly

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Summary of Assembly actions

Read on for a summary of Assembly actions suitable for inclusion in your newsletter, e-news or bulletin.

22 May 2009 at 11:43 - Comments

A different kind of Assembly

Over the past year the people of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod have been listening together for God.  We gathered to celebrate God’s activity among us and through us, and to discern though discussion, prayer, and bible study where God is leading us — right here, right now! Almost 2,000 people all across our synod participated. […]

12 May 2009 at 15:09 - Comments

Discussion guide available

The “facebooklet” used by the faith, action, connecting and equipping circles as part of their Assembly presentations is available for you to download and use in your congregation. Developed with the assistance of church consultant Kelly Fryer of A Renewal Enterprise, the booklet includes discussion questions that you can use to discern your congregation’s strengths […]

12 May 2009 at 14:04 - Comments

‘Hopeful’ budget passed for 2010

The Assembly passed a 2010 budget with an anticipated income of $2,876,000 and anticipated expenses of $3,167,175. The 2010 budget represents a 2% increase over 2009 and an anticipated deficit of $291,175.

9 May 2009 at 13:45 - Comments

Check out our video library

Videos of selected Assembly presentations are being posted on our new video library. Presentations will be added in the coming days. Please check back for updates.

9 May 2009 at 13:45 - Comments

Proclaim Christ in people’s language and on their turf

The challenge that Paul responded to in Athens Is the same challenge we have been called to respond to today. And that challenge is this: Jesus never told the world to find their way into a church, but he did the tell his followers to “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news […]

9 May 2009 at 13:32 - Comments

We are God’s FACE in the world today

This year’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly celebrated its presence as God’s FACE in our communities and the world. Update: links to video presentations below the fold. “We are God’s incarnational presence, the very Body of Christ, the hands and feet and FACE of our Lord,” said Bishop Claire Burkat as she unveiled the results of […]

9 May 2009 at 12:45 - Comments

Video: Bishop’s Sermon

“God is using us to build God’s kingdom in this world in a new and energizing way,” and that divine plan can’t be derailed even by financial crisis, Bishop Claire Burkat said in her sermon opening the 2009 Synod Assembly.

9 May 2009 at 08:36 - Comments

Meditative worship closes Friday session

8 May 2009 at 22:30 - Comments

Assembly says ‘Yes’ to ministry changes

Voting members discuss the resolution on changing ordination standards. The Southeastern Synod Assembly Friday expressed support of the proposal before the ELCA to allow ordination of persons in long-term, monogamous same-gender relationships. The Assembly passed by voice vote a resolution urging the ELCA Churchwide Assembly to adopt the Social Statement on Human Sexuality. The resolution […]

8 May 2009 at 18:17 - Comments